Club News

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Club News

Nevada DAR

Solomon Dean Chapter of the DAR met at Windsor Manor for luncheon and a business meeting following on May 2, with 12 members present and one guest. The election of new officers was held.

The group’s American Indian moment informed them that American Indian women served in a majority of American wars; starting with the Revolutionary War to the most recent.

An interesting note from the defense moment: of the 44 American presidents, 31 have served in some branch of the military.

Peggy Bruns of Nevada presented a special program on quilts. Bruns, a well-known fabric artist, has won numerous awards and ribbons for quilting and tatting; she is also a regular exhibitor at the Iowa State Fair and has taken numerous honors and ribbons for her projects. Recently she designed the Nebraska State Quilt for the Nebraska’s State Quilting Guild. Bruns has worked with DAR using her many fiber arts skills and graciously brought and showed many quilts that she had completed, plus wall hangings and table runners. Her recycled wool pieces were especially fantastic to see. Sharing the history of quilting periods and explaining how to care for both antique and new quilts was informative and useful and her program was outstanding.

The next meeting of Solomon Dean Chapter will be in June celebrating Flag Day. Boone Chapter De Shon will be hosting at Cole School. Further information will be forthcoming.

Nevada Kiwanis

Mayor Takes the Pledge

What began with a series of communications between several groups in the community, culminated in Mayor Lynn Lathrop proclaiming that Nevada would participate in the “Mayor’s Monarch Pledge,” which he signed at the regular breakfast meeting of Nevada Kiwanis on Tuesday, May 3. But to understand the events that took place to get to this point, we have to go back to the end of last year.

Lathrop had received information from the National Wildlife Foundation about a program that mayors and other government bodies were taking part in with actions to help save the monarch butterfly, whose populations have declined by 90 percent in the last 20 years. The goal is to create habitat, and educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home.

Lathrop passed the information on to Tim Hansen at Nevada Parks and Recreation. Hansen knew that Nevada Kiwanis had already taken a step toward this effort by creating its butterfly garden (prairie) at the trail head along 11th street west of Mosaic, as part of the Plant/Grow/Fly campaign. So he made a contact to Kiwanian Joe Melcher, whom he had worked with on that project to see if another partnership was possible. Melcher explained the concept to the Kiwanis club and focused on the activities within the effort that seemed more realistic to pursue and then met with Hansen to discuss what seemed “doable.”

“Tim was most open,” Melcher reported. “But of the three major areas of the Pledge (Communications and Convening/Program and Demonstration Gardens/Systems Change) we figured the last one would present the biggest challenge. It seemed we needed another player. Joe Kooiker provided that role.”

Kooiker, who runs Roadside Vegetative Management for the county had a conversation with Hansen late-winter about areas where monarch and other pollinator seed could be planted to provide additional habitat. Unbeknownst to Melcher, when he got an audience with Kooiker, to talk about seed options, Kooiker informed him that he had talked with Hansen, and some possible options had opened up. So after spring break, Melcher got all three of them together and they “took a little ride” to discuss some areas where “we could go from Mow to Grow” as Melcher put it. That was a watershed moment he believes, and the biggest focus of conversation was the waterway at Harrington Park. Other areas of discussion were on the west side of the street on 19th south of the tracks to the pool, the retention pond in that same area, part of the Score pond, and a small area along the lower bike trail, south and west of the bridge.

“The Harrington Park waterway is no small effort in my mind,” Melcher said. “Not only are we dealing with unknowns (when will it flow water), but can we sustain growth there of the kind we want? But it is an area of opportunity in terms of looks and habitat?”

“If we can get some prairie to grow there,” Melcher said, “there would be openings so that people can walk through to either side of the park. And, keep in mind, none of these are a short term project. Old growth must be gotten rid of before any planting can take place (hopefully by next spring).”

The Mayor’s Monarch Pledge requires that a minimum of three (out of 28 possible) activities be completed in a year (one of which must be from the Program and Demonstration Garden area). What Nevada is signing on for are the following:

A) Communication and convening

1. Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about monarch decline and the need for habitat

2. Launch a public communication effort encouraging citizens to plant monarch gardens, to include some kind of milkweed (That is why the Nevada Kiwanis is doing this: to encourage community/school gardens, neighborhood and homeowner associations, Eagle Scout projects)

B) Program and Demonstration Garden

1. Enhance the Kiwanis Butterfly Garden on 11th street by planting additional seed

2. Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort

Kiwanis will attach a collection bin to the prairie sign at the Butterfly Garden for anyone to deposit seed that can be planted the following year

C) Systems change

1. Implement the use of milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where appropriate to begin integrating monarch conservation into master plans (ideas noted earlier)

So, by taking the pledge, it is hoped that not only is Nevada as a community setting an example to restore habitat, but also encouraging its citizens to do the same. Feel free to contact any of the above individuals or organizations for more information or with ideas, or visit

• At the May 10 meeting of the Nevada Kiwanis Club, Greg Madsen introduced Dorothy Thompson. Madsen described Thompson as a one-person committee doing charitable and volunteer work. Thompson, who is 89 years old, cut over $1 million dollars in coupons to send to military personnel. She handmade 560 coasters out of yarn so that every veteran in the Marshalltown Veterans Home would receive one. She also makes yarn decorations for nursing homes and assisted-living residents. Thompson estimates that she donates 65 hours a month to various organizations and projects. For this reason, Nevada Kiwanis gave Thompson a certificate for appreciation as a caring member of the community and beyond. Jody Melcher presented the award to Thompson. “Thank you so much, Dorothy, for all that you do!” Melcher said.

Nevada Golden K Kiwanis

President Marsha Jackson presided over the May 10, 2016, meeting of the Nevada Golden K Kiwanis. Johann Thiel served as greeter and Jerry Upchurch gave the invocation.

The speaker today was Amy Clark, a certified dietician who works out of HyVee West in Ames. Clark gave the members a very enthusiastic talk about the lifestyle habits shared by the world’s longest-living people. Among these are to keep active, have a purpose in life, socialize and, above all, maintain a healthy diet with emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Members of the audience had many questions and comments about portion control and specific foods in their diets. Each member received written suggestions about how to live a fuller, more rewarding life through following a few simple guidelines.

Following her talk, Jackson read a thank-you card from Elizabeth Gindt, counselor at Nevada High School, thanking our group for food donations to the Cubbie’s Corner. Darrell Staley reviewed the volunteer list for our fundraising project at ISU and Dick Atwell reminded the members of the drawing to be held at the Memorial Lutheran Church in June for the bike. All funds will be designated for future service projects. The meeting ended with the members celebrating the birthday of Ken Shaw.

The group cordially invites any adult 55 years of age or older to visit them on Tuesdays at the Memorial Lutheran Church to participate in coffee and dessert and listen to some really great speakers.